The traditional land of the Dharug and Eora People, Lakemba is a suburb within the local government area of Canterbury-Bankstown. With over 61% of residents being born overseas, Lakemba is a cultural mixing pot with a vibrant food and shopping scene.
Being one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Sydney, visiting Lakemba brings with it a whole range of cultural appreciation and significance. It put it into perspective, 78% of residents in Lakemba spoke a language other than English at home compared to 35% of Greater Sydney. With this, comes a whole range of amazing cultural identities which can be seen by exploring the streets and surrounds of the area. Whether driving or catching public transport, Lakemba is well connected with a train station in the heart of the town.
Heading into the main street of Lakemba, Haldon Street, you’re greeted with an array of colour, fresh produce, restaurants, and boutiques mixed with the classic Sydney suburban streetscape of heritage buildings.
Exploring the streets, you’ll notice the fragrant smells of fresh produce lining the streets as well as the many eateries. The fresh produce brings colour to the streets that cannot be missed and is a part of the local character and rhythm of daily life.
We chose one of the many great local eateries, La Zeez Lebanese Cuisine, and ordered ourselves a Mix Shawarma Plate to experience a taste of the range of offerings including the marinated lamb, chicken and kafta, served with hummus, garlic dip and baba ghanouj.
After filling up on some amazing food, make your way down to Lakemba Mosque on Wangee Road. Built in 1972 the Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque is the heart of the Lakemba community. With Mosque tours available it’s a wonderful place to learn more about the local Muslim community and gain a local cultural appreciation.